A draw could suit Spain and Japan but Luis Enrique and his players insist that a win and topping Group E is their only aim
The United States will play Iran for only the second time in World Cup history on Tuesday. The game will be laced with a political undercurrent amid civil unrest in Iran and a major row over how their flag was displayed by the US team on social media, but pre-match tensions do not even compare to what unfolded in Lyon at the 1998 World Cup. It was billed as 'The Mother of all Games'.
Spain have caught the eye during their opening two fixtures at the World Cup, which Joan Laporta believes Barcelona have played a part in.
The final round of group stage action at the World Cup begins on Tuesday, with much to be decided in Groups A and B.